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Agility Is About Sports Performance

Agility is probably one of the most difficult things to coach and it’s one of the things most susceptible to hype and guruisms. This post is going to present some thoughts about agility training and sports. At the end of the day, the most difficult thing about coaching agility is that you have to understand the sport and its movement patterns.   Drills teach us to be better at drills: The idea behind most agility drills is to take a...

Real World Speed Training For Basketball

In a previous post, I discussed the challenges with using speed training for the training of athletes (see http://www.yourhpservices.com/blog/?p=1265 ). In this post, I discussed the fact that most athletes are not track and field sprinters and that, as coaches, we may be missing the boat with their speed training when we attempt to train athletes like elite sprinters. With this article I’m going to provide some thoughts on what real-world speed training would look like for one type of...

Agility Can Be Trained Generally And Specifically

Agility is often a difficult physical ability to train.  I often view it as the summation of the athlete’s physical abilities (strength, speed, mobility, etc.) that is applied to the sport’s movement patterns.  This requires all-around development of the athlete and a pretty good understanding of how the athlete moves in the sport.   Except at elite levels, most strength and conditioning coaches don’t have the luxury of specializing in a specific sport.  This means that they have to work...